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Amble RNLI is seeking extra volunteer fundraisers for 2017

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The Royal National Lifeboat institution (RNLI) is looking for volunteers to join Amble Lifeboat Fundraising Committee. The charity is calling on people who are looking for a rewarding new challenge for 2017 to get in touch.

Amble's new Shannon class lifeboat

Steve Lowe

The Royal National Lifeboat institution (RNLI) is looking for volunteers to join Amble Lifeboat Fundraising Committee. The charity is calling on people who are looking for a rewarding new challenge for 2017 to get in touch.

Amble RNLI has been celebrating recently after its new state-of-the-art Shannon class lifeboat officially went on service on 23 December 2016.

The Shannon class lifeboat named Elizabeth and Leonard arrived at the lifeboat station in November. Amble Lifeboat Fundraising Committee (ALF) led a successful fundraising appeal to raise £200,000 towards the cost of the new vessel.

Gill King, RNLI Community Fundraising Manager, explained: ‘It’s been a really special year for Amble Lifeboat Fundraising Committee as they got to welcome the charity’s new Shannon class lifeboat to the town. Their fundraising appeal generated the vital extra money that was needed to complete the build of the Shannon.

‘The committee worked tirelessly to ensure that we reached our £200,000 goal and held a multitude of events ranging from coffee mornings through to golf days. Both this and the phenomenal efforts from supporters far and wide ensured that the appeal target was reached in just 23 months.’

ALF is hoping to recruit extra volunteers to join their friendly team and help them to have another successful year.

Gill, added: ‘Whether you can help us bake cakes for our coffee mornings, help with collections or even have a go at organising fundraising events, we’d love to hear from you.

‘It’s a great way to meet new friends and enhance your CV whilst helping to raise vital funds for our lifesaving charity. If you’re looking for a rewarding challenge for the New Year, we’d love to hear from you.’

To find out more, please email Gill King: gillian_king@rnli.org.uk

RNLI Media Contact

For more information, contact Alison Levett, RNLI PR Manager, 07786 668912.

Photo caption

Amble RNLI's new Shannon class lifeboat. Credit Steve Lowe.

Notes to editors

  • Amble RNLI launched a fundraising appeal in July 2014 to raise £200,000 towards the cost of its new Shannon class lifeboat. The total cost of the vessel is £2M. The appeal target was reached in June 2016.
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Foley Brumfield from Hull left a generous legacy to the RNLI following her death in 2013. She requested that it be used towards the purchase an all-weather lifeboat in memory of her and her late husband, Leonard. Elizabeth was a lifelong supporter of the RNLI and her father was a marine engineer. Amble RNLI’s Shannon class lifeboat is named Elizabeth and Leonard in their memory.

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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